Brahma (Sanskrit: ब्रह्मा, romanized: Brahmā) is referred to as “The Creator” within the Trimurti, the triple deity of supreme divinity that includes Vishnu, and Shiva

He is also referred to as Svayambhu (lit

 ‘self-born’) and is associated with creation, knowledge and Vedas

Brahma is prominently mentioned in creation legends, though there are many varying versions

In some Puranas, he created himself in a golden egg known as Hiranyagarbha

Brahma is frequently identified with the Vedic god Prajapati

During the post-Vedic period, Brahma was a prominent deity and his sect existed; however, by the 7th century, he was frequently attacked and lost his significance

He was also overshadowed by other major deities like Vishnu, Shiva and Devi

Along with other such Hindu deities, Brahma is sometimes viewed as a form (saguna) of the otherwise formless (nirguna) brahman, the ultimate metaphysical reality in Vedantic Hinduism

According to Vaishnava accounts of creation, Brahma was born in a lotus, emerging from the navel of Vishnu

The Shaivism sects believe that he is born from Shiva or his aspects, while the goddess centric Shaktism states that Devi created the universe, including Brahma

Brahma is commonly depicted as a red or golden complexioned bearded man, with four heads and hands

His four heads represent the four Vedas and are pointed to the four cardinal directions

He is seated on a lotus and his vahana (mount) is a hamsa (swan, goose or crane)

Goddess Saraswati is generally mentioned as Brahma’s wife and she represents his creative energy (shakti) as well as the knowledge which he possesses

According to the scriptures, Brahma created his children from his mind and thus, they were referred to as Manasputra

In present-age Hinduism, Brahma does not enjoy popular worship and has lesser importance than the other members of the Trimurti

Brahma is revered in ancient texts, yet rarely worshiped as a primary deity in India

Very few temples dedicated to him exist in India, the most famous being the Brahma Temple, Pushkar in Rajasthan

Brahma temples are found outside of India, such as at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok